Dr Sarah James, Head of Subject

Dr Sarah James

Head of Subject

Sarah is a Principal Lecturer and Professional Lead in Speech and Language Therapy.

Sarah graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Philosophy in 1989. She returned to Sheffield in 1996 to undertake a PhD considering the implications that using the telephone can have for people who stammer.
She went on to qualify as a Speech and Language Therapist and subsequently worked in a variety of clinical settings including with people who stammer and children with complex language and social difficulties.

In 2006, Sarah took up a part time lectureship at the University of Sheffield and commenced her full-time role at Leeds Beckett University later the same year.

As Principal Lecturer and Professional Lead for Speech and Language Therapy, Sarah works with the team to maintain and develop professional partnerships across the region, nationally and beyond through networking with colleagues and service users and carers in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Regular liaison with these key stakeholders informs the strategic direction of the subject group and ensures that development of the portfolio of courses meets the changing needs of the speech and language therapy profession.

Current Teaching

Sarah's current teaching is in Disorders of Fluency, Applied Psychology and Research for Clinical Practice in addition to clinical seminars and research supervision on the pre-registration BSc (Hons) Clinical Language Sciences (Speech and Language Therapy). She has successfully supervised students at Masters and PhD level.

Research Interests

Sarah has research interests in the role of self-report in clinical practice and in disorders of fluency and has combined these in a project exploring the feasibility of using Ecological Momentary Assessment with people who stammer.

Sarah supervised centenary student Hilary Liddle's PhD exploring the use of group therapy with school-aged children who stammer. Hilary has now returned to her role as specialist speech and language therapist and is using the findings of her research to enhance her SLT practice.

Dr Sarah James, Head of Subject

Selected Outputs

  • LIDDLE H; JAMES S; HARDMAN M (2011) Group therapy for school-aged children who stutter: A survey of UK practice. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 36 (4), pp. 274-279.


  • Bray M; James S (2009) An evaluation of a telephone assistive device (TAD) for people who stutter. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY, 11 (1), pp. 54-60.


  • JAMES S; BRUMFITT S; COWELL P (2009) The influence of communication situation on self-report in people who stutter. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 11 (1), pp. 34-44.